About us


Since 1982, the We Energies Foundation (formerly Wisconsin Energy Foundation) has contributed financial support for the activities of nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations in communities that are served by our company. The foundation is funded by stockholders of WEC Energy Group, our parent company.

Mission

Our mission is to create brighter futures for the communities in which we do business, enhancing the growth and success of our company.

Vision

The foundation strives to achieve positive community benefit and business value for each dollar invested.

Goals

  • To pursue a sustained, consistent approach to funding within our focus areas, better enabling the organizations to achieve lasting results
  • To foster mutually beneficial relationships between We Energies and community organizations
  • To fully leverage company resources

Facts

The We Energies Foundation, established in November 1982 as a separate, nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation, has invested more than $143 million in communities in Wisconsin and Michigan over the past 30-plus years.

Funding for initiatives supported by the We Energies Foundation is derived from the stockholder portion of earnings and dividends paid by WEC Energy Group. Grants do not affect the profitability of WEC Energy Group nor are they reflected in the prices customers pay for services from We Energies.

In 2014, the foundation issued grants to 789 organizations across the region.

In 2014, the employee matching gift program directed more than $1.1 million to nonprofit arts/cultural organizations and educational institutions.

The foundation asset base as of Dec. 31, 2014, was $47.1 million.

2014 allocation of charitable dollars

2014 allocation of charitable dollars

Economic Health (including United Way): 36%
Arts/Culture: 25%
Environment: 3%
Education: 36%



Foundation board

  • Gale Klappa, chairman and chief executive officer, WEC Energy Group
  • Allen Leverett, president, WEC Energy Group
  • Kevin Fletcher, executive vice president - customer service and operations,
    WEC Energy Group
  • J. Patrick Keyes, executive vice president and chief financial officer, WEC Energy Group
  • Susan Martin, executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary,
    WEC Energy Group
  • M. Beth Straka, senior vice president – communications and investor relations,
    WEC Energy Group
  • Thelma Sias, vice president - local affairs, We Energies